Mar 28, 2007 2:47pm
Re: God Bless John Barlow
The band members have every right to do whatever they choose with their product--the music. It is theirs, they made it, and if they want to place restrictions on its availability, that is their right.
That being said:
It is also, I believe, a fair assesment to say that in this particular instance, Weir was playing the role of the cop who stops you for speeding when you're 5 miles per hour over the speed limit.
He is right, you are wrong. You were technically speeding. But he didn't have to give you that ticket. He could have looked the other way, b/c after all, what you are doing, while technically outside the bounds of the law, isn't THAT much outside the bounds.
In other words, since we all know that the genie is well out of the bottle, and that if one REALLY craves DL SBD copies of shows, with a little effort, it cannot be stopped.
That Bobby stopped it in its easiest, least troublesome form (this archive) is perfectly within his rights, but ultimately fruitless, and given the band's long-time stance of encouraging tapings of shows and the circulation of said shows [which, btw, helped them become the live juggernaut money-making machine they were, so the fans deserve some credit here] can be interpreted fairly by some as a petty, and to put it more bluntly, kind of dickish move.
Just like that cop who stopped you for doing 40 in a 35 mph zone.
Yes, there is the entitlement whine of claiming the music is somehow "ours" (it is not), but there is another train of thought that falls somewhere in the middle and wonders fairly if Garcia would have had the same reaction as Weir did.
Not to mention the fact that every true Dead Head I know of was only too happy to support the band through official merchandise purchasing of Dicks Picks and many other paraphenalia, and never would complain about any official release being verbotten for DL on the LMA.
My 2 cents on this subject yet again, but I never get tired of it.